Louis van Gaal isn't being truthful over Victor Valdes U21 claims

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Over the past 24 hours, there has been a big falling out between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

The Dutch manager accused the Spanish World Cup winner of refusing to play for the club's U21 team, and Valdes was quick to hit back on Twitter.

In a report published yesterday, the Dutchman was quoted as saying: "He refused last year to play in the second team. There are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United.


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"When you are not willing [to apply] the principles of that philosophy there is only one way, and that is out.

"For us this is a big disappointment. We thought he would follow our philosophy."

Is Valdes in the wrong?

And yet, one look back into the past shows it's the other way round.

Valdes joined United on a free transfer as David de Gea's backup in January, after initially joining the club to regain fitness from a long-term injury. Back in March, Valdes was quoted by Goal as saying that he was happy playing for the club's U21 team.

"This is the way now," he told the club's official website back then.

"When you don't play in the first team here in England, it's usually better to play in the reserves.

"It's not something we do in Spain but you must accept it and focus on your performance because it is good for your game rhythm.

"I'm very happy with my knee and playing with my new team-mates. It's a good feeling to be on the pitch again playing football. It is most important for me after my injury.

"I am very happy for this option in my career after my injury. I always say it's great to be a part of this club and part of this team and, maybe, I hope to win another important trophy here too."

Valdes hits back

In response to Van Gaal's accusation, the former Catalan star posted a picture of the U21 fixtures he played a part in last term, along with an image of himself and his reserve team-mates.

He showed in the picture that he featured against Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool, implying there is definitely more to the story than Van Gaal is letting on.

United fans, do you think there's any way back now for Valdes and Van Gaal? Let us know in the comments box below.

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